I recently read an article about the Madonna photographer Maripol, whose work "celebrates her talented friends." In a phrase, that's what I hope I am accomplishing with this blog. One artist that truly deserves celebration is Johnny Goudie. Johnny is a veteran of the Austin music scene. He's active in every aspect of the community, by fronting his own bands, most recently Johnny Goudie and the Little Champions, but is also one of the talented performers in the popular cover band Skyrocket. His band Goudie released Peep Show on Lars Ullrich's (Metallica) The Music Company label in the early 2000s. He's also performed with Endochine (with which he was awarded the Austin Chronicle's award for Best Keyboard Player in 2004 - pretty good for a singer/guitarist), as well as the Ian Moore Band and Kathy Valentine (of the Go-Go's). And, he's a producer, having worked with Canvas on their Painting the Roses CD, among others. He's a charming and talented guy, and I was delighted when Johnny invited me over to his studio to chat about his life in Austin and his career.
Part I - Johnny talks about his early years and playing in Skyrocket
Part II - Johnny talks about moving to Austin and working for a major label
Part III - Johnny talks about working as a producer and his influences over the past 10 years
Johnny performs Leave